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Kids in Charge day 2013!!!!

Annual Kids in Charge Day 2013…

…these kids can sure pack a TON into one day!!!

This day always gives the hubs and I a chance to see what is important to them.

It allows us to know what is important to them now and to see how their interests change as they get older.

so…it all started like this…a meeting of the “minds” a few days before…

making sure all the kids got what they wanted out of the day..

the planning meeting

the planning meeting

I got a tentative schedule and a grocery list so I could make sure they had everything they needed.

the food menu

the food menu

Sweet Pea produced this list a few days before. Dinner says Enchiladas. haha. She decided that she was making all the meals and would call me in when she felt like it. When I read German Chocolate cake under dessert, I recommended that she might want to make it the night before….

and she did… all by herself….(just like the Little Red Hen)

yeah....it was good

yeah….it was good

Two words summed up this day…..electronics and quality time.

I have no guilt showing these pictures because…I’m not raising my kids like this everyday. Today is about their choices. For good or bad.

IMG_1450Check out Missy Missy. She was definitely getting the best of all worlds. Watching Doc McStuffins; while sucking on a nap-time only nummy; while playing Dora on the Ipod. Clearly, she has her mom’s gift for multi-tasking.

more electronics

more electronics

I mean…come on…the Fashionista just HAD to work on the salon app on the kindle and Mini Me was content to watch Doc McStuffins and wait her turn.

DDD and Sweet Pea

DDD and Sweet Pea

As you can tell, everyone is proudly sporting their pajamas until the afternoon when they will exchange them for bathing suits. DDD claimed the Ipad for a few, while Sweet Pea tinkered on her kindle. Check out his face…he is sending me into the kitchen to start his sausage and pancake breakfast…..

oh, and he’ll have a piece of cake too….for breakfast.

(any chance of me cutting myself one??? nope…didn’t think so….kid’s on a power trip.) =)


So demanding…he MUST get that from his dad…=)

Speaking of his dad, this was his job until breakfast…….

IMG_1440I know, gasps from moms everywhere at this injustice.

This was his view….birds humming, gentle water rapids…..calm

and this was mine…

splattering grease and heat…..

just sayin’….somehow this just didn’t seem right….

IMG_1446Sweet Pea created a Master Schedule for the day….which included quality time playing board games; a visit to the pool; and root beer floats after dinner.

the schedule

the schedule

The kids started their schedule with some rock painting. (Poor Sweet Pea still has her eye mask on from sleeping.)

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Apparently on Kids in Charge day, you don’t have to clean up either.

game of life

game of life

Barbie's messy house

Barbie’s messy house

Next was DDD’s turn to use a present he had been waiting on. These really cool Geodes.

IMG_1462He and his dad took a hammer and crushed these on the driveway behind the garage.

banging out some eggs

banging out some eggs

After Miss Missy woke up from her nap, we fought the rain and headed out to the pool. Since it was labor day and raining off and on, there was hardly anyone at the pool. The sun came out really bright and it was a great day!


eating a messy popcicle


“take my picture….oooohhh……ooooooo”


Mommy always wants kisses….=)


DDD loves his sister....

DDD loves his sister….


Dad…packing it up for the day…

After a delicious dinner of enchiladas, the kids assigned daddy the job of “clean up” duty. (Thank God!!!…sweet justice!!!) While he was in the kitchen, he decided to make the root beer floats while we selected our movie….SPY KIDS!!!!

IMG_1471Of course, Shayla came in and helped dish out the candy.

IMG_1470A whole lot of snuggling with big fluffy floor pillows and blankets finished off the evening.

  The kids made it really clear that their bedtime was 11:00. As daddy was leaving for a trip in the morning, the kids could not take over our bed as they had planned. I wish I had taken a photo of them all gathered in the bunk beds in the girls’ room.

I was put to bed promptly at 9:30. Thankfully, I was given my laptop and some reading time. These kiddos are tough…

Unfortuately, I knew that my work was going to be awaiting me in the morning, as I was looked around at all the mess from the day and took that walk of shame to my room.

But…it was worth it. All of it….

It was a great day….I’m so blessed that my children enjoy special days like today with us.

Bring on Kids In Charge Day 2014.…..well…..give me another 12 months…

God Bless,


Tip Tuesday!!!

Everyone loves a great tip. Something “tried and true”… that someone you know (that’s me) can attest to.  I’m going to attempt to do a few tips every Tuesday. So here are a few kitchen tips:


Defrosted Meat Caddy

I like to defrost meat on Sunday for the week. If I have just been shopping, I portion out my chicken breast into freezer bags and divide my ground beef/ground chicken into the portions I am going to use. If I have it all together in one place, it can eliminate meat from leaking “unexpectantly” into the bottom of my fridge. It can also remind me of any meat that I may have planned to use, but forgot about.

Fruit rinse

Fruit rinse

When I bring my fruit home from the grocery, I get so frustrated if it only lasts 2-3 days before mold starts to grow on it. I mean…..raspberries only last about one day before I find half of them succumb to mold. I found this great tip on Pinterest. You blend about a cup of regular, white, distilled vinegar with a sinkful of water. I just threw all my fruit in this big plastic bin and let it soak a full 15 minutes. I let all the fruit drip dry completely on paper towels. It’s amazing! Totally makes your berries last at least a week or two.

asparagus in water

asparagus in water

Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies to roast with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. However, if I have one of those weeks when I’m running around like crazy and just throwing in steamable veggies for a fast dinner, I can forget about these babies in the veggie drawer. Ta Da!!! Introduce the newest tip of putting asparagus in glasses of water in the fridge. Seriously….this makes the asparagus stay fresh for about two weeks.

Hope these add a little joy to your kitchen!

God Bless,


Marshall’s………loving it……=)

So….I shared with you how much I love scoring great deals at Ross in this post. I love being able to go to Ross and Marshall’s and outfit my family for Christmas or Easter or whatever the holiday. I’m a super thrifty person and let’s be honest…I have quite the little crew to outfit!

Last week, I drove 40 minutes to hit the closest Marshall’s to me. I have to admit….I either go and fill my cart with everything I need and some….OR…I just walk out in about 15 minutes. It’s that simple for me. I can tell right away how my shopping experience is going to be.

I’m super excited to share with you how great this experience was.

So….here’s what I scored and what it cost me:

IMG_5460I bought these adorable dress for Miss Missy for $19.99. It was adorable to watch her hold it against herself when she was showing it off to daddy. And….you can’t beat cute sandals for $5.99.

IMG_5459This was for Mini Me…she was so excited when we found her a dress with red (and I was excited that it was for $14.99)!!! And knowing the little lady that she is….she wanted some sandals as well and picked out these for $12.99.

IMG_5462I found this adorable vest for Dirty Dog D for $7.99!!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean…insane! It’s exactly what I was looking for for him!!!!!

(I did find this adorable green checkered shirt at the Carter’s store for $12.99 as well) This will easily pair with a cute pair of khahi pants in his closet.

IMG_5490How cute it this piece! It was shouting to be put in my cart…..especially for $9.99!!!!

I can’t wait to fill this with some moss and some of the children’s dyed eggs at Easter!!!

Thanks for checking in!!!! Have a blessed Holy Week!!!